One route from Andritsaina to Ancient Phigaleia takes you through the village of Linistena where, as in most villages, life revolves around the main church square with its obligatory caféneon, public fountain and shrine.
     Whilst an Orthodox priest goes about his business, locals congregate to discuss the financial crisis to the tick-tack tune of backgammon counters and evil-spirit-countering 'komboli' worry beads. Rural Greek communities have age-old survival tactics to enable them to weather storms like the 1821 War of Independence and World War II deprivation.

caféneonHave a mountain tea in a mountain caféneon
FountainCollect water from a mountain spring
ShrineLight the lamp in the shrine
Linistena Main church square

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